North Beach Festival


It was good to be at the North Beach Festival this year. We’ve been doing it every year for oh I don’t know how long. Ten or eleven years or so. And I’d take a guess and say that I’ve been there for six of them. They block off the streets and let the vendors sell their wares from stalls, bands set up in Washington Square Park and on different ends of the streets. People come from all over and it gets packed with people drinking, shopping, and having a good time in the sun.

For me, it was super fun to watch people react to Sand in My Bra and Whose Panties Are These? They’d just start cracking up when they saw the cover. One woman got all excited and said to Larry, “I saw her! She’s hilarious!” And Larry said, “She’s right here!” Yep, I was standing right in front of and might’ve ripped off my jackets to show her my new shirt… Then we recapped the Litquake event she attended. This woman knew her travel lit and rec’d that I read Funny in Farsi : A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America.

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It was a very quick turnaround to come home and I’m sorry if I didn’t get to see you. Big thanks to Emily and Tara for helping us sell our wares!